LONDON (AP) — Method One races will not be canceled if a driver exams optimistic for the coronavirus or if a staff withdraws, CEO Chase Carey says.
F1 desires to keep away from a repeat of the season opener in Australia in March, which was canceled when the McLaren staff withdrew after a employees member examined optimistic for the virus. The season is now set to start out with two races in Austria on July 5 and 12.
“A staff not with the ability to race wouldn’t cancel the race. I don’t suppose I might sit right here and lay out the implications. However we could have a process in place that discovering an infection won’t result in a cancellation,” Carey mentioned on the F1 web site Tuesday. “If a driver has an an infection, (groups have) reserve drivers accessible.”
F1 groups have a more durable time returning to competitors than groups in lots of different sports activities due to the handfuls of people that normally journey to a race and the common worldwide journeys concerned.
Carey mentioned staff members shall be examined for the coronavirus earlier than they depart for a race after which each two days. Groups will dwell in a “bubble” system, possible with “sub bubbles” to maintain folks aside in the event that they do completely different jobs, he added.
“Clearly we acknowledge our sport is one which at instances, we will’t have two metres between each particular person on a staff,” he mentioned. “When a automotive pulls right into a pit and has to alter 4 tires, there received’t be two meters between each particular person. We want to verify now we have procedures to handle all these dangers as quickly as attainable.”